The theory is that baking soda is made of completely inorganic materials. Definition? Nothing that was ever alive is an ingredient of baking soda, it is actually something that can be mined from the earth! Because of this, many claim that the inorganic material "sticks" to any organic material, and pulls it out of whatever you are trying to clean. I decided to test this out myself on my son's favorite stuffy, Simba.
I was more than a bit skeptical about this. If baking soda worked so well to clean stuff like this, why haven't I heard about it sooner, and why have I been paying the dry cleaner?!? I gathered together the materials I needed to clean Mr. Simba: a 1/2 cup of baking soda, a towel to catch any spills, a plastic grocery bag, and a rough cloth to wipe the baking soda off with.
"Cleaning" the stuffed animal with this trick was as simple as sticking Simba in the bag with the baking soda, and then shaking him around for about half a minute. Afterwards, I pulled him out and began to wipe at him with the towel. I can say that I was more than a little surprised at how well it seemed to work. The dirt came off with the baking soda in most of the places, and he smelled a lot better too! I think after seeing this I will probably go through and "wash" a few more of my son's stuffed animals this way.
What do you think? Have you ever used baking soda or heard of using baking soda in an original way? Let me know about your experiences or tell me if you have a theory you'd like me to test out!
Watch the video here of Simba getting his baking-soda bath: